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SGT Joe Frank Pratt

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SGT Joe Frank Pratt

Birth
Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, USA
Death 18 Mar 1945 (aged 21)
Goincourt, Departement de l'Oise, Picardie, France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Memorial ID 56374927 View Source
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Service No. (ASN): 38513794

Joe was killed on 18th March 1945 on the territory of the municipality of Goincourt during a terrible tragedy.

That day, a few minutes after takeoff from the airbase of Beauvais-Tillé for a mission over Germany, the B-26 "Marauder" in which he was flying crashed, caught by the blast of the explosion of two other "Marauders" which collided whilst getting into formation.

This dramatic catastrophe immediately resulted in the death of the crews of the three bombers. Miraculously, only the leading pilot of the Squadron, 1st Lt. Alex O. Cordes, survived.


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SGT 451 BOMB SQ 322 BOMB GP (M) TEXAS


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  • Maintained by: James Durham
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56374927
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56374927/joe-frank-pratt : accessed ), memorial page for SGT Joe Frank Pratt (12 Jan 1924–18 Mar 1945), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56374927, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by James Durham (contributor 46994633) .